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June 10, 2018

Sermon: Not of This World: The Importance of Prayer

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Scripture Lesson

Daniel 6:3-7, 10-11, 16, 19-23

Soon Daniel distinguished himself above all the other presidents and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. So the presidents and the satraps tried to find grounds for complaint against Daniel in connection with the kingdom. But they could find no grounds for complaint or any corruption, because he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption could be found in him. The men said, ‘We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.’

So the presidents and satraps conspired and came to the king and said to him, ‘O King Darius, live for ever! All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counsellors and the governors, are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an interdict, that whoever prays to anyone, divine or human, for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open towards Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously. The conspirators came and found Daniel praying and seeking mercy before his God.

Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was brought and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, ‘May your God, whom you faithfully serve, deliver you!’

Daniel Saved from the Lions

Then, at break of day, the king got up and hurried to the den of lions. When he came near the den where Daniel was, he cried out anxiously to Daniel, ‘O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you faithfully serve been able to deliver you from the lions?’ Daniel then said to the king, ‘O king, live for ever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong.’ Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Not of This World: The Importance of Prayer
Daniel 6:3-7, 10-11, 16, 19-23

I. Introduction: Curtis
II. Series: Daniel: Not of This World
III. Daniel and prayer (Dan. 6:3-23)
     A. The plot against Daniel (6:3-5)
     B. The king’s decree (6:7)
     C. Daniel’s commitment (6:10-11)
     D. Daniel in the lions’ den (6:16)
     E. God saves Daniel (6:22)
IV. How important is prayer?
     A. Prayer is worth civil disobedience
     C. Prayer is worth our lives
     C. God might save us
     D. Prayer is vital to the Christian life
V. Conclusion: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

 

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